DC Food Policy Tracker - Updated December 2018
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The DC Food Policy Council legislative tracker highlights food policy in the 2017-2018 DC Council legislative session. We will try to update the tracker as often as possible, but please note the update date in the title. For more information on these bills or other District legislation, visit http://lims.dccouncil.us/.
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Bill No.Legislation NameCategoryDescriptionCommittee ReferralStatusHyperlinkFood Policy Council Efforts
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B22-0060Grocery Store Restrictive Covenant Prohibition Act of 2018RetailProhibits restrictive land covenants or prohibitive contracts which prohibit the subsequent use of real property as a grocery store, on a site that is presently used as a grocery store. It provides an exception to an owner of a grocery store that relocates the grocery store within one-half mile of the previous siteCommittee of the Whole with comments from Committee on Business and Economic DevelopmentEnacted August 10, 2018http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0060No action taken yet
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B22-0072Save Good Food Amendment Act of 2018Food waste and recoveryCreates a tax credit for the donation of certain healthy foods, up to 50% of the value of the contribution and not to exceed $2,500 per taxpayer per tax year, or $5,000 per corporation per tax year; expanding liability protections to cover non-traditional forms of food donation; requires DC Health and the Office of Waste Diversion to create a guide on food donation; requires DC Health to train health inspectors on the information contained in the guideCommittee on Health & Committee on Finance and RevenueEnacted November 13, 2018 subject to appropriations (the tax credit portion of the bill must be funded at $5.7 million over four year period to be implemented)http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0072Sustainable Food Procurement WG created community action guide; several DCFPC members testified in the hearing
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B22-0202East End Grocery and Retail Incentive Program Tax Exemption Act of 2018Healthy food access, retailEnhances tax exemptions for grocery stores and sit-down restaurants that locate in specific areas of Wards 7 and 8. This applies specifically to large, anchor stores that sell both groceries and retail goods. Eligible stores and restaurants would receive a number of tax exemptions, including from the recordation tax and transfer tax, a 30-year exemption from the real property tax, personal property tax, possessory interest tax, and corporate franchise tax.Committee on Finance and RevenueEnacted February 7, 2018 subject to appropriations (must be funded at $1.2 million over four year period before implemented)http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0202Food access WG provided written testimony for the bill
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B22-0207East End Grocery Incentive Act of 2018 (introduced version entitled: "East End Health Care Desert, Retail Desert, and Food Desert Elimination Act of 2017")Healthy food access, retailEstablishes an East End Construction Incentive Program to pay for the construction of buildings to house affordable grocery shopping opportunities that provide affordable food and food-related grocery items to residents of Wards 7 and 8. For a grocery store to be eligible for the Program, it must accept SNAP and WIC benefits and offer fresh food items. The Mayor has the authority to direct funds to the Program through Pay-as-You-Go capital projects. The Program funds can only be used on 9 sites identified in the legislation: (1) Skyland Town Center;
(2) Capitol Gateway;
(3) East River Park;
(4) The Shops at Penn Hill;
(5) Parkside Planned Unit Development;
(6) St. Elizabeth’s East Campus;
(7) United Medical Center;
(8) Columbian Quarter; and
(9) Deanwood Town Center.
Committee on Health, Committee on Business and Economic Development, and Committee of the WholePassed Council on December 18, 2018http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0207Food access WG provided written testimony for the bill
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B22-0313Healthy Students Amendment Act of 2018School food and nutritionStrengthens nutrition requirement for school meals; expands breakfast after the bell and alternate serving models to increase breakfast participation; requires DCPS to conduct a baseline study and progress reports to align purchasing with the Good Food Purchasing Program's core values; requires the Office of Planning to submit a report to the Mayor and Council regarding best practices for developing a central kitchen; and requires that public and charter school students participate in specified amounts of age-appropriate physical education per week.Committee on Education with comments from the Committee on Transportation and the EnvironmentPassed Council on December 4, 2018http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0313Food equity and sustainable food procurement WGs created community action guide
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B22-0335Ward 4 Full-Service Grocery Store Amendment of 2017RetailLifts the moratorium regarding full-service grocery stores and ability to obtain a Class B retailer's license to sell alcoholCommittee on Business and Economic DevelopmentEnacted March 16, 2018http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0335No action taken
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B22-0501Home Composting Incentives Amendment Act of 2018Food waste and recoveryEstablishes a rebate program for residents who purchase and install home composting systems; to be eligible for the rebate, residents must attend an in-person training on proper composting techniquesCommittee on Transportation and the EnvironmentEnacted August 10, 2018http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0501No action taken
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B22-0666Women, Infants, and Children Program Expansion Act of 2018Healthy food accessProhibits the Mayor from placing restrictions on the square footage, number of cashiers, or organic products for retailers accepting WIC beyond what is required by federal law; requires a plan to provide technical assistance to small stores to become WIC vendors; requires DC Health to host 4 community meetings per year to receive input on strategies to increase WIC participation and improve the experience of individuals enrolled in WICCommittee on HealthPassed Council on December 18, 2018http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0666Food access WG wrote community action guide; several DCFPC members provided testimony in the hearing
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B22-0681Healthy Parks Amendment Act of 2018Healthy food accessRequires all food served by the Department of Parks and Recreation meet school meal nutrition standards; requires DPR to offer afterschool meals at all eligible recreation centers and to increase outreach for the Summer Food Service ProgramCommittee on Transportation and the EnvironmentEnacted October 9, 2018 subject to appropriations (must be funded at $6.1 million over four year period before implemented)http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0681Food equity WG created community action guide
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B22-0806Veterans Emergency Food Program Act of 2018Healthy food accessProvide emergency food access among veterans and their families in the District by creating a Veterans Emergency Food Program (“VEFP”) and establishing a Veteran Emergency Food Program Fund. Veterans can access the VEFP after being referred by a Veterans Affairs mental health provider, social worker, or clinical dietitian. Disabled veterans can also receive food deliveries through the program.Committee on Government OperationsIntroduced May 1, 2018; hearing held July 11; died in Committeehttp://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0806Created community action guide; not published
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B22-0875Cashless Retailers Prohibition Act of 2018RetailProhibits retailers from refusing to accept cash as payment, posting that cash is not accepted, or charging different prices to customers based on their payment methodCommittee of the WholeIntroduced June 26, 2018; died in Committeehttp://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0875No action taken
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B22-0903Self-Operated School Food Service Amendment Act of 2018School food and nutritionRequire a self-operated school food service pilot program in 10 DCPS schools in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022; requires evaluation of the pilot program and analysis of the infrastructure and feasibility of DCPS administering self-operated school food service model in all schoolsCommittee on EducationIntroduced July 10, 2018; died in Committeehttp://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0903No action taken
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B22-0913Tipped Wage Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018Retail and businessRepeals Initiative 77 -- Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2018 enacted by public vote on June 29, 2018.Committee of the WholeEffective December 13, 2018http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0913No action taken
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B22-0955Healthy Beverages for Kids Meals Act of 2018 Child nutritionRequires that beverages included in children's meals offered by food establishments meet certain nutrition standards.Committee on Business and Economic Development and Committee on HealthIntroduced September 18, 2018; died in Committeehttp://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0955No action taken
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